At least two people have died in a knife attack in the center of Lisbon, Portuguese authorities said. The attacker was overpowered. According to the Lisbon station CM TV, however, he managed to injure many people who ended up in nearby hospitals.
The tragic event took place on Tuesday at the Ishmaelite Center in Lisbon, where, for unknown reasons, a man attacked people present in the building with a knife. According to the media, the fatalities are two women, Portuguese nationals.
The attacker was injured
According to a statement from the Portuguese police, the attack took place shortly before 11 am local time (12 pm Polish time) “using a large-sized knife”.
The services confirmed that the police overpowered the attacker. A shot was fired at him as he headed towards the officers summoned to the scene of the tragedy. According to CNN Portugal, the aggressor was seriously injured in the leg and was hospitalized.
The leader of Portugal’s Ismaelite community, Nazim Ahmed, said the attacker was an Afghan national. The police have not yet confirmed this information.
Lisbon’s CM TV reported that the attacker managed to injure many people inside the building. – They have already been transported to several hospitals in the capital – she said. A teacher working at the Ishmaelite Center was seriously injured, according to Portuguese television.
Prime Minister Costa: all indications are that it was an isolated case of aggression
The police have not yet established the motive of the attacker. However, sources in the Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the investigation into the knife attack is being carried out by the terrorism unit.
Meanwhile, some representatives of the Portuguese government and the police appealed for restraint in informing about the motives of the action. “Everything indicates that this was an isolated case of aggression,” said Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
Ishmaelites are a religious and political group derived from Shia Islam. In the Ishmaelite Center in Lisbon, they conduct prayers as well as educational and cultural activities.
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